I am safely in Vancouver, although a little jet-lagged. It was a close call, but I was really fortunate to emerge from all the snökaoset in Europe with myself and all my luggage. There are so many people waiting for flights that I couldn’t have taken that for granted.
Looking forward to visiting and eating and paddling over the holidays!
March 8 is International Women´s Day. It started as a Socialist political event, but is now a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight a few awsome women, but once I started brainstorming a list, I realized that would take a looooong time. Maybe I´ll just highlight brand-new mom Michelle and my NEWEST favourite woman, baby Jasmine. Feel free to add your suggestions of awesome women or “great moments in women´s history” in the comments!
A bit late on this, but it’s worth it. I realized yesterday that I completely forgot my friend Erica’s birthday (Sorry!) Usually I remember, so I can only think it is a result of not being in Canada and having the usual Fall reminders. I also forgot Dec 6: the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This a Canadian event commemorating the Montreal Massacre at École Polytechnique. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of that horrible event. Fourteen women were killed and several more injured by a man who came in with a gun, asked the men to leave, said ‘I hate feminists’ and opened fire.
Sadly, this is not an isolated example of violence against women. So, December 6 has become a day for awareness and action to make all women safe from violence. If you would like to learn more, check out Women Against Violence Against Women.